In an effort to provide area residents with a better understanding of their
unique past while preserving its historical structures, the City of Lynnwood in
1999 purchased a 2.8 acre parcel of land, referred to today as Heritage Park.
Located east of I-5 on the corner of Poplar Way and Alderwood Manor Parkway,
Heritage Park is maintained by the City of Lynnwood in partnership with several
community organizations, including the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association,
and can be reserved for special events. For informal gatherings, picnic tables
and benches have been scattered about so you can relax in the shade of old
trees while enjoying the sounds of the birds and wildlife in the park's
Rescued from destruction during the I-5 interchange construction – Heritage Park
showcases several early historical structures including the 1930s Superintendent's Cottage and Water Tower, Humble House and Barn, Wickers Building, and the Interurban Trolley Car #55 are displayed in a village-like setting featuring
beautiful landscaping, interpretive signage, a public plaza, and demonstration
The Historic Structures
1930s Superintendent's Cottage and
Water Tower, known today as the Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage and
Water Tower, are the only surviving structures from the Demonstration Farm
which was built in 1917 by the Puget Mill Company. The Demonstration Farm was
located along the Interurban Rail Line which generally follows the I-5
corridor. See details for these structures below.
Superintendent's Cottage & Water Tower
Renovated by the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association for use as a heritage
resource center and home to the associations’ 200+ members, the "Cottage", as
it's simply referred to as, offers public access to resource materials related
to the historic community of Alderwood Manor including access to archives of
photographs, newspapers manuscripts, as well as collections of artifacts, oral
histories, books and reference materials.
Currently the water tower is under renovation by the City of Lynnwood.
The site's original structure wasbuilt in 1919 and named for the family that bought the property in 1934. The restored house is now the home of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society.
The Wickers Building, built in 1919, was the first mercantile and post office on North Trunk Road in
Alderwood Manor (now 196th Street SW in Lynnwood), and a familiar landmark
half-way between Seattle and Everett to passengers on the Interurban. The
exterior and first floor of the Tudor Revival-style building have been
carefully restored, preserving its distinctive features. The historic building
includes the Snohomish County Visitors Information Center and a future museum.
Interurban Trolley Car 55
Car 55 is one of six Interurban electric rail
cars that provided commuter service from Alderwood Manor to Seattle and Everett
from 1910 to 1939. The Interurban was key to the development of Alderwood
Manor, now known as Lynnwood. Folks from the big cities traveled by trolley,
encouraged by the Demonstration Farm to relocate to the country, breathe the
fresh air and learn how to raise poultry for profit. After the
demise of the Interurban in 1939, Car 55 was retired, serving as a restaurant diner for
several years, and later as a ticket office for the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.
The City of Lynnwood purchased the deteriorated trolley in 1993, and began its restoration
with a federal grant in 1996.
You are invited to experience the history of Lynnwood from its
roots as Alderwood Manor in the 1920s. Download your self-guided tour
Heritage Cottage hours:
Tues, Thurs, Sat.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Heritage Park is open daily
from dawn to dusk
The parking lot will
including 2 handicap &
3 bus stalls
Located behind the
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